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Bill and I went for bagels and then he dropped me off at Smugglers Notch at 7:30 am.  Extremely hot and humid day for hiking.  Really enjoyed walking past Sterling Pond and then over Madonna Mountain which is where the Smugglers Notch Ski area is located.  Ate lunch at Beaver Meadow Lodge.  In the afternoon, pushed on over Whiteface Mountain, which was a fairly tough climb.  Spent quite a bit of time walking on logging roads on the descent into Johnson.

Arrived at the Long Trail Tavern at about 7:00 pm and met two hikers, one a prison guard from New Jersey and the other a veterinarian from Canada.  Then had dinner after putting up my tent along with the other hikers beside the river behind the tavern.  The Long Trail Tavern provides great hospitality for hikers and provides one with good exposure to the local flavor in rural Northern Vermont.

Hiked 13.9 miles today.

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